If there was one gift, I could give everyone in the Parish this holy season it would be a book by my favorite spiritual writer Henry Nouwen book. (Perhaps you could treat yourself and slip one under the tree and open it up Christmas morning and yell “Thanks Rev. Rob!) In Finding My Way Home, Henry writes:
“I have found it very important in my own life to try to let go of my wishes and instead to live in hope. I am finding that when I choose to let go of my sometimes petty and superficial wishes and trust that my life is precious and meaningful in the eyes of God, something really new, something beyond my own expectations begins to happen in me.”
The Advent season is upon us. A time we set aside to wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. But it is important that this waiting has a purpose to it. We are given this holy season, so we can reflect on what it means to know that we are so loved by God that God chose to enter our humanity and be one with us. As you consider the enormity of this truth in your life, you may find yourself letting go of all you think you need to be lovable and begin to see the world around you in a new way. It is out of knowing that we are enough for God, no matter where we are or what’s we’ve done, that radical hope will come alive in us.
I invite you to set aside some time this Advent season to let God love you. I will be setting aside time in the sanctuary for quiet prayer and reflection on Wednesdays at 10am and 7pm, December 5, 12 and 19. You are most welcome to come. May God be with you and the ones you love this holy season.